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May 11, 2020

Slow Cooker Chipotle Beef Barbacoa (Paleo, Whole30, Keto)

This chipotle beef barbacoa recipe is easy to make in the slow cooker and SO tender, juicy, and flavorful. It’s perfect in tacos, burritos, salads, and more. Paleo, Whole30, and Keto too!

Paleo beef barbacoa in slow cooker

For Chipotle Lovers

If you are a Chipotle lover, this recipe is for you. Recreate your favorite Chipotle beef barbacoa at home using your slow cooker. It’s much healthier with homemade ingredients, cheaper, and you can have plenty of leftovers or meal prep for the week.

I love this recipe because not only is it delicious, but it’s so versatile. I’ve made tacos, salads, and burrito bowls with the Mexican beef. It’s so easy to put all the ingredients into the pot and let the slow cooker do the work. Then, all you have to do is shred the beef and eat.

You’ll love how tender, juicy, and flavorful the beef is, with just the right amount of spiciness, that’s customizable.


What Does Beef Barbacoa Taste Like?

Chipotle Beef barbacoa is tender shredded beef with bold and spicy Mexican flavors. It’s usually made with chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, however these peppers in a can contain a lot of sugar (high fructose corn syrup), and unhealthy oils (like canola, corn oil, or soybean oil).

To make this recipe truly Paleo, and Whole30 compliant, I decided to use tomato paste, and chipotle chili powder to imitate the chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. It turned out just as good, with better ingredients.

Three beef barbacoa tacos on a plate

How To Make Barbacoa Beef In the Slow Cooker

  1. Cut the beef into 6-8 large chunks. I chose not to sear the beef, because it honestly tastes delicious (fall-apart tender) without the extra step.
  2. Place all ingredients (but the beef) into the bottom of the crock pot. Stir ingredients so that they are well combined, then add in the beef chunks.
  3. Cook on low for 6-8 hours (recommend), or high for 3-4 hours, OR until the beef falls apart easily when shredded with a fork.
  4. Transfer the beef to a plate or cutting board to shred. Shred the beef with two forks, and add it back into the slow cooker. Using tongs, toss the beef with the juices, and cover the slow cooker allowing the beef to absorb the juices for another 10 minutes.
  5. Serve barbacoa beef with a slotted spoon or tongs.

Shredded beef barbacoa in taco shells

How To Serve Beef Barbacoa

  • Make tacos: Use grain free tortillas like Siete Almond Flour Tortillas. I love toppings like red onion, sliced radishes, fresh cilantro, and diced avocado. DELISH.
  • Make a salad: Place some mixed greens in a bowl, and top with the shredded beef barbacoa, sliced radishes, diced avocado, diced onion, fresh cilantro, diced tomatoes, etc. To keep it simple, use olive oil for the salad dressing.
  • Make a burrito bowl: In a bowl place mixed greens, sliced avocado, cauliflower rice or white rice, fresh cilantro, pico de gallo, lime juice, diced tomatoes, sliced bell peppers, jalapeños, etc. The possibilities are endless here!

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Paleo beef barbacoa in slow cooker

Slow Cooker Chipotle Beef Barbacoa (Paleo, Whole30, Keto)


  • Author: Abbey Blackwell
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 hours
  • Total Time: 8 hours 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

This chipotle beef barbacoa recipe is easy to make in the slow cooker and SO tender, juicy, and flavorful. It’s perfect to use in your favorite Mexican dishes like tacos, burritos, salads, and more. Paleo, Whole30, and Keto too!


Ingredients

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For serving

  • Siete Almond Flour Tortillas
  • Avocado slices
  • Sliced Radishes
  • fresh cilantro, chopped
  • red onion, diced
  • fresh lime juice

Instructions

  1. Slow Cooker: Place all ingredients, but the chuck roast, into the bottom of the slow cooker. Stir the ingredients so that they are well combined. Place the chuck roast chunks back into the slow cooker over the liquid sauce. Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours, or until beef falls apart easily when shredded with a fork.
  2. Shred: Transfer the beef to a plate or cutting board. Shred the beef with two forks.
  3. Toss: Add the beef back to the slow cooker and toss it with the liquid juices. Remove the bay leaves and cover the slow cooker allowing the beef to absorb the juices for another 10 minutes.
  4. Serve: Serve barbacoa beef with a slotted spoon or tongs.

Notes

  • I do not recommend cooking a frozen chuck roast or brisket in the slow cooker. Thaw the meat the night before cooking in the refrigerator.
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Keywords: beef barbacoa, crockpot, beef barbacoa tacos

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  1. Hey! This recipe sounds amazing, but I’m trying to make it in an instant pot… any ideas as to a cooking time for that? Would really appreciate your input/help!